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Malaysia to send autopsy report of 3 Filipino teens who died during Sabah raid

Inquirer Breaking News - 14 min 58 sec ago
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- The Philippine Embassy in this city said it is expecting the autopsy report on the three Filipino teenagers who died during a crackdown on undocumented immigrants in Sabah last month. "We sent in our request for their reports on the incident and I have been told a copy of the autopsy report is being sent to us," Ambassador Eduardo Malaya told during an interview on Friday. LastMarch 21, three Filipino teenagers -- Nording Akang, 16; Lahudin Nasir, 17; and Alex Nasir, 18 -- died allegedly of suffocation during an operation of the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) against undocumented individuals at a public market in Lahad Datu, a tow...

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Singer Rico J. Puno in high spirits at hospital, says manager

Inquirer Breaking News - 23 min 47 sec ago
        MANILA, Philippines---Manager Norma Japitana told the Inquirer on Friday night that her prized talent, Rico J. Puno, was in high spirits at the hospital after the 62-year-old veteran singer-actor was scheduled for a heart surgery.   Puno's surgery was scheduled on Saturday morning at a hospital in Makati City.   "He was his usual jolly self, joking around with us," Japitana told the Inquirer on Friday night when she visited Puno.   Earlier Friday, Puno complained that he had difficulty breathing on the set of the ABS-CBN sitcom "Home Sweetie Home," where he was one of the cast members.   "He was given...

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Mindanao may have to wait until early June for rain — PAGASA

GMA Breaking News - 33 min 14 sec ago
Parched parts of the country including Mindanao may have to wait until late May or early June for rain, state weather agency PAGASA said.
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Palace: Permit not needed by PH fishermen

Inquirer Breaking News - 43 min 31 sec ago
Malacaang on Friday said Filipino fishermen do not have to ask permission from anyone if they want to fish in Philippine waters.   "It is our area," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told a Palace briefing.   She was asked to comment on a statement by Beijing that Manila should educate their fishermen as to where they could fish after the Chinese coast guard used water cannons to drive away Filipino fishermen from Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) off Zambales province.   "Well, obviously, they're hard-pressed to defend their position. Our fishermen do not need permission to fish in our waters," Valte said.   She added that Bur...

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Lawmaker defends Alcala over DA fund misuse

Inquirer Breaking News - 44 min 47 sec ago
A lawmaker on Friday defended Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala against calls to resign after the Commission on Audit (COA) released a report that his department misused P14.2 billion for questionable projects in 2013.   "While we respect the findings of the COA, I do not think Secretary Alcala should be singled out and attacked over these questioned funds because the real status and details of these questioned projects could be properly explained or clarified by the Department of Agriculture (DA)," Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III said.   In a statement, he said government officials must be accorded due process in the interest of justice and fairness. &nbs...

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SC OKs trial of Napoles at Sandigan

Inquirer Breaking News - 47 min 48 sec ago
The Supreme Court has allowed the Sandiganbayan to proceed with the bail hearings and plunder trial of alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles at its sala in Quezon City.   The ruling granted the request of Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Amparo Cabotage-Tang "for the accused Janet Lim-Napoles to be brought to the Sandiganbayan, as may be necessary and upon appropriate process issued, for hearings on her application for bail in various cases pending before the SB where Napoles is charged with plunder," said high court spokesperson Theodore Te in a statement.   The high court's decision issued in a special en banc session yesterday is an exception t...

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PNoy transfers disaster rehab and recovery powers to NEDA

GMA Breaking News - 53 min 44 sec ago
President Benigno Aquino III has transferred the powers of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery to the National Economic and Development Authority, Malacañang said Saturday.
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Lacson mulls island jail for grafters

Inquirer Breaking News - 53 min 47 sec ago
BAGUIO CITY---Former Sen. Panfilo Lacson announced his intention to run again for president on Friday, and one of his first administration plans is to build a jailhouse on an island for corrupt government officials.   Lacson, who had styled himself as a graft-buster in previous electoral campaigns, said President Aquino has fulfilled half of the task to curb corruption in government, but rooting out graft must be pursued to its logical end to "turn around this country."   Lacson said his plan includes developing a strong antigraft body, equivalent to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) in Hong Kong and the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau ...

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Napolcom warns vs cheating at exams

Inquirer Breaking News - 59 min 1 sec ago
The National Police Commission (Napolcom) warned more than 30,000 examinees who will take entrance and promotional examinations on Sunday not to cheat, or face the consequences.   Examinees found guilty of dishonesty risk being barred from taking the examinations permanently, according to Napolcom acting personnel and administrative service chief, Josephmar Gil.   If the offender is a policeman taking the promotional exam, the offender may face dismissal from service.   Policemen found cheating will be charged with dishonesty and dismissed from service if found guilty.   The Napolcom said 35,674 examinees are set to take the entrance and pr...

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Roxas mum on SWS survey ratings

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 2 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines---Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas opted to stay mum about his ratings in recent Social Weather Station (SWS) popularity surveys showing he was lagging behind Sen. Grace Poe as the voters' choice both for president and vice president in 2016.   Roxas, who was here Friday to inspect infrastructure projects in this city and neighboring town of Camalig, said he would prefer to focus instead on the projects undertaken by the Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) for the entire country.   Asked to comment on his recent SWS rating, he said: "I am just a good performer, I can perform whatever role given to me. Let's move for...

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Hillary Clinton describes PH situation as ‘fragile’

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 5 min ago
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described the peace and order situation in the Philippines as "fragile" following the issues hounding the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).   Clinton made the remark as she presented government chief negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer with the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).   Ferrer was recognized as the only female chief negotiator for a government in a peace process "anywhere in the world."   Ferrer shared the Clinton Award with Staffan di Mi...

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Aquino transfers Yolanda rehabilitation efforts to Neda

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 24 min ago
Months after Panfilo Lacson resigned as rehabilitation czar, President Benigno Aquino III ordered the transfer of the functions of his former office to the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).   On Saturday, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. announced that Aquino has issued Memorandum Order No. 79, which was signed by Aquino and took effect on April 22.   "The Order paves the way for the 'winding of affairs' and transfer of the of the coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of all disaster-related programs, projects and activities from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (Oparr) to the National Economic...

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PAGASA: Isolated afternoon and evening showers throughout the PHL

GMA Breaking News - 1 hour 26 min ago
The whole country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with afternoon or evening isolated rain showers and thunderstorms, weather service PAGASA said in a Saturday morning forecast.
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‘Darkness’ threatening PH democracy, ex-CJ Puno warns

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 46 min ago
LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines---Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno on Friday warned of the "darkness" threatening the democratic foundations of the country.   "A government run only by a few is a democratic failure as there is the exclusivity of the elite to govern the country," said Puno, who keynoted the Freemason's annual convention that opened Ibalong Centrum and Recreation (ICR) here on Friday.   There is an "unprecedented" income inequality in the country where, of 17 million families, only 100 families control and rule the country's politics and economy, said Puno, quoting a study by business editor and publisher Antonio Lopez.   Puno, who is a past...

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PDP-Laban eyes Duterte as standard-bearer in 2016 polls

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 50 min ago
The PDP-Laban will field Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as its standard-bearer, once the latter decides to run for president in 2016.   Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III said many members of the 10,000-strong party want Duterte to be its standard-bearer and are trying to convince him to throw his hat into the ring.   "The party is willing to support him, if he should decide to run for President," Pimentel said, adding that he has no confirmation yet of Duterte's plans.   Duterte has to desire the post himself and should be committed to the race, said Pimentel.   "Running for public office must be the voluntary act of the person and he must be fu...

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SAF 44 kin file murder charges vs Moro rebels

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 56 min ago
Twelve family members of the Special Action Force (SAF) police officers who were killed in a clash with Muslim rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, have filed murder and robbery charges against the Moro Isamic Liberation Front (MILF), the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and private armed groups in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), according to a former military scout ranger and father of one of the slain policemen. In an interview inside the NBI compound, Perlito Agabon, father of P03 Chum Agabon, told the Inquirer that the grieving families have yet to see the perpetrators of the crime officially charged for the deaths of their relatives in the Jan. 25 bloody clash...

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UNA: LP fundraising behind Sevilla ‘ouster’ at BOC

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 58 min ago
The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has accused the ruling Liberal Party (LP) of exerting pressure on resigned Customs Commissioner John Phillip Sevilla in order to open up the revenue-rich bureau to alleged schemes to generate a P3-billion campaign kitty for the 2016 elections.   UNA interim president and Navotas Rep. Toby Tiangco on Friday said Sevilla's sudden resignation practically confirmed talk that the Bureau of Customs (BOC) had been under pressure from groups that "wanted to use the agency as their last hurrah for money-making schemes."   READ: New BOC chief Alberto Lina vows to finish reforms using 5 principles / Pimentel seeks Senate probe of Sevil...

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Summit to urge ‘self-restraint’ in West Philippine Sea dispute

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 15 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR---A Southeast Asian summit will urge "self-restraint" in the South China Sea but avoid directly criticizing Chinese actions that have fanned tensions in the contested waters, a diplomatic source with knowledge of a draft statement said on Friday.   Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) gather in Malaysia on Monday for an annual meeting expected to include discussion of efforts under way by China to create islands on fragile coral reefs whose ownership is disputed.   The land reclamation has outraged the Philippines and added to regional concerns over Beijing's assertion of sovereignty over virtually the entire South China Sea. ...

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Story of heartbreak inspired ‘Lalaban’ song

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 18 min ago
LOS ANGELES---On his popular TV program "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the ABC 7 talk show host elicited laughs when he belted out an awkward rendition of Manny Pacquiao's entrance song, "Lalaban Ako Para sa Pilipino (I Will Fight for the Filipino)."   READ: Watch: TV host Jimmy Kimmel shows off his Tagalog with Pacquiao's song   But what inspired the song was no laughing matter. Behind the lyrics was the heartbreaking story of Pacquiao's defeat to the politically powerful Antonino family in the 2007 congressional elections.   "Why did I write this song? This was when I lost (the elections) in 2007," Pacquiao said in a recent dinner conversation with family, friend...

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P600k in drugs seized, 6 arrested in Iloilo City drug raid

GMA Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Some six suspects were arrested and P600,000 worth of methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) was seized last Wednesday in a Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency raid in Iloilo City's Mandurriao district.
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